Cloudwater Brewery and bar operator to run pub 'built by hand'

By James Evison contact

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Plans for the temporary structure of the Pilcrow pub
Plans for the temporary structure of the Pilcrow pub

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Cloudwater Brewery and the owner of two iconic craft beer bars have joined forces to assist with the management of the Pilcrow pub.

The new community pub concept, which is housed in a temporary structure, is due to open in Manchester's NOMA district by the end of September.

It has now taken on a management team from the local craft brewery Cloudwater and the owner of two of the Northern Quarter of Manchester's most famous bars, Common and the Port Street Beer House.

Joint venture

The new joint enterprise, run by Cloudwater's Paul Jones and bar owner Jonathan Heyes, has been dubbed All Our Yesterdays, and will act as the operators of the community venue and oversee the beers on tap -  including a special brew for the pub - a snacks range as well as events and entertainment.

The Pilcrow pub was first created as an idea to utilise crafts peoplem, who would assist in literally making the venue - crowd-sourcing local labour to build chairs, fittings and other elements​ - as well as those from the trades, brewing partners and site/project as well as digital managers.

A series of workshops took place across the city last year as the plan came into being through a collection of volunteers, eventually creating planning permission for the space in a new square within the £20m NOMA district, adjacent to the city's Victoria Station.


Now the pub is nearing completion with dart boards, stools, tables, and even the dish washers made from locally sourced products and labour - with plans for opening within a month.

Ben Young, the project leader for the Pilcrow pub, said: “It’s been a long run up to this and this is a significant moment for everyone involved in The Pilcrow.

"We’ve worked closely with Jonny and Paul on everything from the design of the bar to the beers on tap and the pub is going forward in the safest hands imaginable.”

Jonathan Heyes, co-founder at All Our Yesterdays said: “We’ve followed the development of The Pilcrow since planning was granted last year, and it’s an exciting opportunity for us to start our new venture somewhere with such a unique story.”

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